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Thousands of patients to benefit from new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital

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Around Twelve thousand patients a year will benefit from a new CT scanner at Salisbury District Hospital. It's cost £650,000 which was raised through the Stars Appeal campaign. It's hoped the scanner will help reduce waiting times for CT scans and enable medical staff to make quicker diagnoses. The new CT scanner will have the very latest technology, meaning some patients will avoid having minor surgery, with all its possible side effects. Patients will no longer need to travel to other hospitals for scans. They will be able to get the CT Scan they need at Salisbury, at any time of day or night, even if one scanner is busy or undergoing essential maintenance.

Brother defends parents in new video

The brother of Ashya King has said his parents had the supplies he needed. In a new video on YouTube, Naveed King said his parents ensured Ashya had the same equipment available to him at hospital when they took him to Spain.

Ashya King and his family were found abroad on Saturday. Ashya, who has a brain tumour, was a patient at Southampton General, but is now being cared for in Malaga. Hampshire Police had issued a European arrest warrant to find his parents. His parents say they were looking after him and have done nothing wrong. They are due to appear before a Spanish Court today.

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Hospital: 'Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found'

The NHS trust in charge of the Southampton hospital where 5-year-old Ashya King was a patient, have released a statement after the boy was found with his family in Spain.

"Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found. We are now working closely with colleagues in Malaga to ensure he receives the essential medical support he needs.

"We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya's admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad.

"We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya's family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require."

– Spokesperson, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Police release image of Ashya's feeding pump

Hampshire Constabulary is releasing more information about missing five-year-old Ashya King, including an image of Ashya's distinctive feeding pump.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "Health experts tell us that with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care."

The feeding pump which Ashya King needs for survival Credit: Hampshire Police

"The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves. "The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs. "I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities. "Whilst our primary focus is still on finding Ashya, we can confirm that we have obtained a European Arrest Warrant which will assist us in speaking to Ashya's parents when we find them. Our message to Brett and Naghmeh is that this should not deter you from coming forward, please just come and speak to us."

– Hampshire Police spokesperson
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Family may have 'taken steps to be able to feed' Ashya

Hampshire Police have said that officers investigating the case "now believe that Ashya’s family has taken steps to be able to feed him".

Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said:

Health experts tell us with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care.

The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves.

The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs.

I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities.

– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead

Police have asked anyone with any information about Ashya, or his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett, to call +44 (0)1962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112.

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European arrest warrant issued for Ashya King's parents

Police have issued a European arrest warrant for the parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who they took from hospital against doctors' advice.

The Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire police, Chris Shead, said doctors had warned them that Ashya King's condition will "start to deteriorate," adding that the youngster had a "shrinking window" of time.

He added that the European arrest warrant gave them the power to arrest the family, but officers would much prefer them to come forward.

French and Spanish doctors who may be treating the boy, were also urged to notify police.

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Battery on Ashya King's food system 'likely expired'

The battery on the feeding system of missing five-year-old boy Ashya King is "now likely to have expired", police have said.

Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm yesterday, before travelling on a ferry to France around two hours later.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital yesterday afternoon Credit: Hamp

Hampshire Police Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead said medical experts had told them in the last hour that the battery life on the machine which feeds him would have died by now.

We don't know whether the King family have any spares, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery. If they don't, without properly administered food, Ashya's condition will deteriorate very quickly. With each hour that passes our concern for him grows.

– Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead, Hampshire Police
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Interpol issue global alert to find missing Ashya King

Interpol has issued a global alert to find missing five-year-old boy Ashya King.

Ashya was taken out of hospital in Southampton by his parents, who are then believed to have taken him to France.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery tweeted:

Interpol said it had issued a "yellow notice" to all 190 member countries at the request of the UK authorities, and said all information coming in to its command centre in Lyon, France, was being treated as "high priority".

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Police search for missing boy turn attention to Spain

Police searching for a missing five-year-old boy, who has a brain tumour and was taken from hospital by his parents, have turned their attention towards Spain.

Ashya King's family have close links to Marbella and there were several sightings of their vehicle yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary assistant chief constable Chris Shead told ITV News.

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